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Adult Services Senior Librarian, Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge)

JOB TITLE                             SENIOR LIBRARIAN – Adult Services 
DEPARTMENT:                  Cambridge Public Library/Main Library 
JOB CODE/POSITION #:     L408-707 
CIVIL SERVICE:                   Non-Civil Service 
HOURS OF WORK:             37.5 Hours/Week 
Mondays: 8:30 AM – 5 PM 
Tuesdays: 12:30 PM – 9 PM 
Wednesdays: 8:30 AM – 5 PM 
Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 5 PM 
Fridays: 8:30 AM – 5 PM 
Saturday:  Saturday 8:30-5 (1 Saturday every 3 weeks, Friday off when working Saturday) 
UNION AFFILIATION:  CPLSA, Local 4928 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Under minimal supervision, deliver outstanding customer service to diverse patrons of all ages, especially adults and seniors. Provide information, readers' advisory, collection development, programming, outreach and circulation services in all areas of unit. Additionally, perform leadership and administrative duties as assigned by manager. 
Deliver exceptional and engaging service to the public. 
Provide professional readers’ advisory, library instruction and orientation, and reference services to the public in person, on the telephone, and by electronic means (e.g., conducts reference interviews; analyzes needs; identifies information sources; assists patrons in using library resources, services and technology). 
Create book lists and other resource guides for the public.   
Offer a high level of instruction and assistance to patrons in using a wide range of technologies (e.g., computers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, scanners, emerging STEAM technologies), including troubleshooting and maintenance. 
Assist in implementing the library collection development policy in accordance with allocated departmental budgets. Select, evaluate, maintain and weed materials within designated collection areas.  
Actively develop displays and merchandize the collections, anticipating special events and anniversaries as well as responding quickly to breaking news events.  
Plan, conduct and evaluate library programming, both independently and collaboratively. Use knowledge of target audiences to best serve patrons. 
Operate audiovisual and STEAM equipment in the presentation of library programs.  
Promote library services.  
Present library instruction and orientation tours for student and community groups. 
Conduct outreach to outside groups and maintain good public relations with outside groups and agencies.   
Represent the Library at community meetings and participate in community events. 
Communicate and apply library policies and procedures. Provide leadership in addressing and resolving patron issues. 
Contribute to and participate in the development of the library’s online presence.  
Perform circulation and patron account management duties (e.g., checkouts, check-ins, account inquiries, reserves, renewals, fine assessment and collection, patron registration).  
Maintain orderliness and neatness in the library. May process deliveries, shelve materials, and read shelves.  
 
Supervisory/Leadership Responsibilities: 
Responsible for oversight of the unit in the absence of the manager and assistant manager or as assigned. 
At the manager's request, may take responsibility for areas such as training, coaching and contributing to staff performance evaluations. 
Provide leadership and expertise in the areas of research, readers’ advisory, digital media and emerging technology; and/or assigned subject matter and acts as a resource to other library staff.  
Provide active frontline leadership. Promote library initiatives, work alongside staff, inspire investment, act as a mentor, and provide daily guidance, expertise and direction. 
Champion, participate in developing, and implement system and department initiatives and plans to address present and future community needs. 
Ensure that STEAM and other important library initiatives are represented in programs, services and collections.  
Play a leadership role in fostering a culture that embraces change, innovation and continuous improvement.   
 
Other Responsibilities: 
Execute administrative and organizational responsibilities, including but not limited to gathering and analyzing data, managing special projects, and generating reports. 
Keep informed of professional developments and attends professional meetings and trainings; may represent the Library in professional venues or working groups as appropriate. 
Attend meetings and trainings. Participate in and may lead workgroups for planning and implementing programs, projects and initiatives. 
Any other duties as required for the good of the Library. 
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited MLS program and experience working with diverse populations is required. Experience working in public libraries or other community settings is highly desirable. Professional librarian experience, supervisory experience, and fluency in a language in addition to English are desirable. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the required elements. 
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: 
Knowledge and understanding of the Library’s mission, values and strategic priorities. 
Commitment to doing all work through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. 
Exceptional customer service skills and commitment to public service. 
Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse community and with individuals who may be experiencing hardships that impact their behavior. 
Effective communication and interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a positive attitude. 
Sound judgment and strong problem-solving skills; flexibility and adaptability in stressful situations and times of change. 
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of larger department and system teams. 
In-depth knowledge and appreciation of literature and media, digital resources, and new and emerging technology; demonstrated ability to operate and instruct others in the use of library resources, equipment, software and systems. 
Knowledge of principles, materials and current issues related to serving target audiences; demonstrated ability to apply to programs and services. 
Demonstrated reference, readers’ advisory, programming, outreach, and project management knowledge and ability. 
Knowledge of change management and process improvement principles and practices. 
Knowledge of supervisory and leadership principles and practices; demonstrated ability to direct the work of other staff members. 
 
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Ability to operate standard office equipment; transport carts of materials which can weigh more than 100 pounds across a level floor or on a ramp; carry baskets of materials weighing up to 30 pounds; pay attention to details and concentrate on tasks despite frequent interruptions and moderate noise levels; communicate effectively and exchange accurate information with coworkers and members of the public read and organize written material; place library materials on shelves or carts which can be located at floor level or overhead. 
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Works in assigned area, including office areas, training rooms, library locations, as needed. Normal office exposure to noise, stress and interruptions. 
RATE:  $ 35.67 per hour to $40.74 per hour in five steps 

Qualifications

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

MLS/Masters

Salary Range

$35.67 - $40.74  / hour

Salary Notes

In Five Steps

Closing Date

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 
Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. 
THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION. 
CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 

Posted

2022-05-23 |  Quick link to this job